Vanguard (Lagos)

21 September 2012

Nigeria: Hajj - Jigawa Deploys 23 Health Personnel to Saudi Arabia

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Abuja mosque.

The Jigawa Government has deployed 23 doctors and nurses to Saudi Arabia to cater for the health needs of its 3, 230 intending pilgrims during the Hajj.

Alhaji Sani Alhasan, the Executive Secretary of the state Pilgrims' Welfare Board, disclosed this in Kano on Thursday in an interview with the NAN.

He said the state government had also established three clinics in Saudi Arabia to provide health care services to its pilgrims during the period.

"We felt it necessary to deploy our health personnel to the Holy land in order to ensure that our pilgrims are well taken care of in terms of provision of heath care services, " he said.

Alhasan said the state government would provide free meal to its pilgrims while in Mecca, Medina, Arafat and Mina to enhance the performance of the hajj rites.

He disclosed that the first batch of 516 intending pilgrims from the state had been transported to the Holy land by Max Airline.

"The second batch of 500 intending pilgrims is also expected to depart the Malam Aminu Kano International Airport any time from now, " he said.

The secretary urged the intending pilgrims to be good ambassadors of the country by exhibiting good conduct during their stay in the Holy land. (NAN)

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